The Web Accessibility Initiative is part of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) who develop international web standards. WCAG 2.0 is a recognised web standard, developed by the WAI through the W3C process. It has 12 guidelines that are organised under 4 principles: perceivable, operable, understandable and robust. This website has been designed to comply with these guidelines.
All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that top level and main content pages are compliant with the standards. For example:
All images on this site are accompanied by a brief alternative text which where appropriate identifies an image or its function. This alternative text (alt-text) is generally only visible when the browser's automatic image loading feature is turned off.
All text links are written so that they make sense when read out of context.
The text on this website has been styled using a non-fixed value in a style sheet. This means that you can easily change the text size using your browser settings or the font size change tool in the header.
Care has been taken to ensure that appropriate foreground and background colours provide sufficient contrast. All content conveyed with colour is also available to people who are colour blind.
We test our work across a range of operating systems and devices to ensure compatibility and accessibility. We take the issue of browser compatibility very seriously, and every effort is made to ensure that our website is usable by everyone.
Some browsers, particularly earlier versions (Internet Explorer 7 for example), either do not, or only partially support, this standard. These browsers might not display this site's text and graphics properly.
Most browser manufacturers allow you to upgrade to newer versions for free. If you are able to upgrade to a modern browser then we recommend that you do so.
As many people cannot upgrade, we aim to support as much functionality as possible in a legacy version. However, for technical reasons some elements may not be resolved correctly.
For more information see:
- Google Chrome (available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and various mobile/tablet platforms)
- Apple Safari (available for Mac OS, iOS, and Windows)
- Mozilla Firefox (available for Windows, Mac OS, and Linux)
- Opera (available for Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and various mobile/tablet platforms)
- Microsoft Internet Explorer (for Windows)
For more information and help about changing your browser settings please visit the BBC's My web my way pages.
To learn more about web accessibility visit the RNIB Web Access Centre.